Data Science/Analytics Recruitment

  • Placing mid- to senior-level executives in the fields of data science, advanced analytics, statistical modeling, web and digital analytics, decision sciences, forecasting, incentive compensation, sales force optimization, risk management, decision science, actuarial science and predictive modeling
  • Our clients come from such diverse industries as retail, consumer packaged goods, insurance, automotive, advertising, telecommunications, marketing, consulting, energy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and financial services including banks, credit card companies and mortgage lenders.
  • To understand more about how we partner with our clients read Our Recruiting Relationship
  • Contact Paul Chatlos at 203.319-4304 or for all your hiring needs.

Position Titles

  • Data Scientist
  • Actuary
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • VP/Director/Manager, Advanced Analytics/Decision Sciences
  • VP/Director/Manager, Statistical Modeling
  • VP/Director/Manager, Risk Modeling
  • Risk Analyst/Market Analyst/Modeler
  • Analytical Consultant/Statistical Consulting/Pricing Consultant
  • Business Analyst/Digital or Web Analyst

Please Contact Us

Nancy Darian, Midwest/Southeast/Southwest

One of Nancy’s favorite hobbies is cooking for family and friends. And when she’s at the office, she does soup to nuts recruiting as team leader and executive recruiter for the marketing analytics and data science practice in the Midwest and South regions. She believes that the recipe for success involves working closely with both clients and candidates. Nancy knows that her clients have a lot on their plates and need recruiting assistance from a professional, so she focuses on serving up a menu of qualified candidates that fit her clients’ technical, industry and soft skill requirements. In her broad recruiting area, she hunts down cream of the crop candidates at all levels, from small potatoes to big enchiladas. Her overall assessment of her career at Smith Hanley? It’s been a fun way to bring home the bacon.

If you want to know what Nancy has been cooking up lately at Smith Hanley, send her a message at

Areas of Expertise:
A/B testing, acquisition and loyalty analytics, ANOVA, Bayesian, big data, Business Objects, campaign analysis, CHAID, CART, churn analysis, cluster analysis, CPG analytics, CRM analytics, customer lifetime value, data mining, decision trees, demand planning, design of experiments, digital (web) analysis, discrete choice, DOE, factor analysis, forecasting, fraud detection analysis, Google Analytics, Hadoop, Hive, JMP, linear regression, logistic regression, machine learning, MANOVA, market mix modeling, marketing analytics, model validation, multivariate analysis, neural networks, Omniture, optimization, Pig, pricing analysis, predictive modeling, predictive analytics, POS data, promotion response analysis, propensity analysis, Python, R, ROI analysis, regression analysis, retention analysis, SAS, SPSS, SQL, segmentation analysis, scoring, site selection, statistical modeling, statistical analysis, survey analysis, time series analysis

Nihar Parikh, Midwest/Southeast/Southwest

Nihar graduated from the University of Illinois and began his career in public accounting. After working in the tax specialty for several years, he realized his passion was to be a trusted business advisor. He joined Smith Hanley in 2013 to serve the data science and analytics space. He enjoys the challenge of finding a match between clients and candidates. In his spare time, Nihar likes to follow Chicago sports, financial markets, and travel.

Areas of Expertise:
A/B Testing, Acquisition and Loyalty Analytics, ANOVA, Bayesian, Big Data, Business Objects, Campaign Analysis, CHAID, CART, Churn Analysis, Cluster Analysis, CPG Analytics, CRM Analytics, Customer Lifetime Value, Data Mining, Decision Trees, Demand Planning, Design of Experiments, Digital (Web) Analysis, Discrete Choice, DOE, Factor Analysis, Forecasting, Fraud Detection Analysis, Google Analytics, Hadoop, Hive, JMP, Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, Machine Learning, MANOVA, Market Mix Modeling, Marketing Analytics, Model Validation, Multivariate Analysis, Neural Networks, Omniture, Optimization, Pricing Analysis, Predictive Modeling, Predictive Analytics, POS Data, Promotion Response Analysis, Propensity Analysis, Python, R, ROI Analysis, Regression Analysis, Retention Analysis, SAS, SPSS, SQL, Segmentation Analysis, Scoring, Site Selection, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Analysis, Survey Analysis, Time Series Analysis.

Nikki Quist, Biostatistics

Nikki concentrates her efforts on the nationwide placement of Biostatistics professionals. Building relationships is her highest priority, allowing her to help candidates identify the career goal that best suits them, and help clients align their needs with the marketplace.

Nikki brings her clients 20 years of recruiting industry experience, having sourced and recruited across a variety of industries, disciplines, and levels, predominantly specializing in the statistical area.

Areas of Expertise:
Nationwide Biostatistics placement in Clinical, Discovery, Preclinical and Post-marketing, General Medicines, Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Diagnostics, Biosimilars , Adaptive Clinical Trials, Dose Response, Interim trials, Outsourcing ,Clinical Trial Design, Biologics, PK/PD, SOP’s, Ad-hoc Analysis, Case Report Forms, Clinical Trial Plans, Global Standards, Translational Medicine , Modeling & Simulation, Proof-of Concept, Missing Data, Bayesian, Advanced Statistical Methods Executive Recruiting in the Biostatistics and Statistics area, Biostatistics, Biostatistics Recruiting, Recruiting Expertise in Clinical and Pre-Clinical/Non-Clinical Statistics, Technical Recruiting, Clinical Research, Clinical Development, Clinical Trials, CRO, Relationship Management, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Permanent Placement, Internet Recruiting, Sourcing ,SAS, R, SPLUS, SQL, Python, WinBugs, Modeling,


Paul Chatlos, East and West Coasts

Paul specializes in the recruitment of quantitative marketing and data science professionals. He prides himself in building excellent relationships with both clients and candidates in order to best address their hiring needs and career goals.

Paul has spent the majority of his professional career in the recruitment industry. He has recruited sales and marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries as well has worked in physician recruitment. He holds a BS in psychology from James Madison University.

Areas of Expertise:
Analyst, Analytics, Analysis, Big Data, Business Analysis, Business Analyst, Data Analysis, Data Analyst Digital Analytics, Database Management, Data Mining, Data Scientist, Decision Science, Digital Analytics, Econometrician, Econometric Modeling, Forecasting, Machine Learning, Marketing Analytics, Market Research, Market Mix Modeling, Media Mix Modeling, Modeling, Pricing, Programming, Promotion Response, Sampling, Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Statistician, Survey Methodology, Web Analytics, R, SAS, Python, SQL,: Classification Methods including Neural Net, Logistic Regression, Decision Trees, KNN, SVM, Random Forest; Regression methods including Linear, Nonlinear, Boosted Regression Trees; Clustering methods such as K-means, Fuzzy C-means, Hierarchical Clustering, Mixture Modeling; Time-series Modeling using AR, ARMA, GARCH, Exponential Smoothing, also, Hypothesis Testing, Experiment Design, Hierarchical Modeling, Bayesian Inference, Java, Matlab, Octave, R, VBA, Linux, Shell Scripting, Map-Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, NoSQL ,: cognos, Informatica, OLAP, Oracle, Qlikview, Sybase, Spotfire, Teradata, MS-Access, Relational Databases, XML, JSON, PLSQL, NOSQL, Oracle 11g, MongoDB, Omniture, Google Analytics, and Spring Metrics.

Sean Murphy, Casualty Actuary and Analytics

Sean studied theatre performance at the University of Illinois – Chicago. What does theatre performance have to do with recruiting? He took on multiple roles as career consultant, interviewing assistant, sourcing coordinator and entry level talent advisor before landing his breakout part as a lead full desk recruiter at Smith Hanley Associates. He headlines as Practice Lead for Credit Risk Analytics while simultaneously performing the role of Casualty Actuarial Recruiter. Grateful for the ability to have met and worked with so many talented performers, Sean is passionate about helping analytics and actuarial professionals find their dream roles. Oh, and, yes, Sean still plays a host of different fictional characters every year on Chicago’s many stages in his free time.

Areas of Expertise:
Statistical Analysis, Credit Scoring, Quantitative Marketing, Portfolio Management, Risk Analysis, Pricing, Fraud, Credit Policy, Loss Forecasting, Risk Management, Basel II Modeling, Behavioral Modeling, Targeting / Segmentation, Predictive Modeling, Database Management, Data Warehousing, CRM, Data Mining, SAS Programming, Business Development, Direct Mail, Campaign Management, Direct Marketing, Web Analytics, Credit Risk Modeling, Regulatory Compliance, CCAR/DFAST, Decision Sciences, Economic Capital, Model Validation. Model Risk Management, Digital Analytics, Actuarial, P&C, Pricing, Reserving, CAT Modeling, Casualty,


Rory Hauser, Actuarial Science


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Specializing in the placement of actuaries and statistical analytics candidates nationwide. Our clients are looking for experienced professionals with the following skill set:

– Society of Actuaries (ASA, FSA, CERA, ERM) Casualty Actuarial Society          (ACAS, FCAS)
– Extensive knowledge and understanding of underwriting guidelines and concepts
– Understanding of insurance products, pricing, rates and industry trends
– Experience performing statistical/actuarial analysis and data forecasting and  modeling techniques
– Bachelor/Masters degree in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Statistics,  Economics or other relevant quantitative fields.

Technical Skills: SAS, SQL, VBA, R, GGY-AXIS, MG-ALFA, Proval, Prophet, MoSes, TAS

Who we represent
• Multinational & Domestic Insurers/Reinsurers
• Top tier Consulting Firms (Global & Boutique)
• Large banks and other financial institutions
• Healthcare providers

Areas of Specialization:

Life & Annuities
• Universal and Traditional Life Products, Group Insurance, LTC
• Pricing, Valuation, and Product Development, Underwriting
• GAAP & Financial reporting, VA Hedging
• Modeling (GGY-AXIS, MG-ALFA, MoSes, TAS, SAS, SQL, etc.)

• Product development / pricing / underwriting / rate filing
• Actuarial valuation, reserve development and financial reporting
• Medicare & Medicare bid pricing analysis
• Affordable Care Act, 3 R’s, Provider & Vendor selection

Employee Benefits & Retirement
• Funding, valuation, cost management, tax
• FAS 87, 106, 112, and 158 analysis and valuations
• Small Plan Design, Cash Balance plans
• M&A Structure, Retiree medical

Risk Management
• Quantitative/analytical models
• Underwriting, ALM, Hedging

Property and Casualty
• Personal, Commercial, Specialty Insurance
• Catastrophic modeling
• Product Management, Claim Analytics and Business Analytics
• Rate Plans, Forecasting, Benchmarking, Special Projects


Eda Zullo, Pharmaceutical

Eda joined Smith Hanley Associates in 2000. Her relationships with her clients and candidates is one of personalized, knowledgeable service. Helping companies develop and build groups, and working with candidates throughout their careers, are the hallmarks of her recruiting practice.

Eda’s expertise is in the recruitment of pharmaceutical and biotech healthcare professionals in the quantitative and statistical area. Her practice is within the marketing analytics space that concentrates in marketing science, sales analytics, forecasting and promotion response.

Before joining Smith Hanley Associates, Eda spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). She had regional sales and marketing responsibilities in metropolitan New York. With expertise in membership development, special events and promotions, Eda fostered strong business relationships with corporations through strategic alliances and partnerships throughout her tenure. She holds a BA in sociology from Rosemont College.

Areas of Expertise:
Pharma, Biotech, Healthcare, Medical Device, Management Science, Marketing Science, Sales and Marketing Analytics, Forecasting, Call Planning and Targeting, Sales and Commercial Effectiveness, Promotion Response Analysis, Territory Alignment, Sales Force Size and Structure, Marketing Mix Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Big Data, SAS, R, Hadoop, SQAL, SPSS, Spotfire, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Office.

Stefan Lehtis, Financial Services

Stefan joined Smith Hanley in March 2015. Previously, Stefan worked as a Benefits Advisor at Aon Hewitt specializing in benefits consulting, and participated in the large-scale medical benefits transition for former employees of several Fortune 100 companies. In this capacity, Stefan was a licensed broker in a number of states and developed expertise in a variety of insurance matters. This experience, along with his human resources concentration as an undergraduate, gives Stefan unique perspective on a broad range of credit and statistical topics. He has already developed strong communication and advisory skills, and is keenly interested in facilitating organizational development. Stefan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resource management/personnel administration from the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa.

Areas of Expertise:
Statistical Analysis, Credit Scoring, Quantitative Marketing, Portfolio Management, Risk Analysis, Pricing, Fraud, Credit Policy, Loss Forecasting, Risk Management, Basel II Modeling, Behavioral Modeling, Targeting / Segmentation, Predictive Modeling, Database Management, Data Warehousing, CRM, Data Mining, SAS Programming, Web Analytics

Tracey Gmoser, Biostatistics

Tracey started her recruiting career at Smith Hanley in 1984 establishing a successful nationwide biostatistics, SAS programming and Data Management permanent placement recruiting practice. After a brief retirement she is back to lead the Biostatistics practice with Nikki Quist. She has long term relationships with both clients and recruiters who value her industry knowledge, assessment skills and access to top candidates and jobs in pharma, biotech & CRO’s. She has been active in the professional societies and been an invited speaker at career forums for Biostatisticians. Tracey is looking forward expanding Smith Hanley’s clinical pharmaceutical recruiting services. A graduate of UW- Madison she started her career at Merrill Lynch before joining Smith Hanley.

Areas of Expertise:
Talent Acquisition in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Statistics. Clinical, Pre-Clinical/Non-Clinical for Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, CRO, Medical Devices, General Medicines, Oncology and Diagnostics. Sourcing for specific skills in; Adaptive Clinical Trials, Dose Response, Interim Trials, Outsourcing, Clinical Trial Design, Biologics, PK/PD, SOP’s. Ad-Hoc Analysis, Biosimilars, Case Report Forms, Clinical Trial Plans , Global Standards, Translational Medicine, Modeling & Simulation, Proof-of concept, Missing data, Bayesian, Advanced Statistical methods.

Sharad Dabral, Senior and Executive

Sharad manages Smith Hanley’s Retained Practice as well as Contingency Recruiting for Senior and Executive roles. She runs this niche practice for sourcing the next generation of Senior and Executive leadership and talent in Advanced Analytics, Cross-Media, Research, Business Intelligence, Informatics including Sales, Business Development and top notch talent to harness emerging technological trends in Digital and Data Sciences. Her prior experience and specialized capabilities make her a unique partner in this niche with significant value added for hiring at the top end of the spectrum tailored to companies looking to shape/reshape big data initiatives. Sharad delights in delivering fewer but right-on-target ‘quality’ Senior and Executive candidates.

In addition to classic Analytics and Decision Sciences roles, she offers significant added value for hiring at the top end of the spectrum and sourcing for complex roles crisscrossing functional areas and industries. She proactively searches and sources candidates that blend requisite hard and soft skills and can lead business and techno-analytical teams of future, while fitting client culture.

Sharad joined Smith Hanley in Jan 2016 to build on their focus for senior roles. Prior to that she ran a sister company to SHA for 7+ years. As Managing Director, Southport Search International, an executive retained search company, she built a successful and eclectic track record of sourcing and delivering the rare blend of talent corporate clients seek for leadership roles. She focused on the expanding cross functional space and leveraging interplay between industries, data and scientists, working with forward looking clients looking to accelerate the pace of adoption of data science’ best practices and hiring high-end talent to gain that competitive edge! For examples of her recent successes and list of placements supporting C-suite, Practice Leaders or sourcing talent for futuristic Techno-Analytical innovative roles, please visit WWW.Southportsearch.Com.

Sharad’s successes in executive recruiting are additionally buoyed by her previous experiences as an executive and line manager, building and leading large Analytical teams for MasterCard, Omnicom/Rapp Collins, Guardian Life, New York Life, New York Times, Cendant, AT&T and more. She successfully managed the challenges of hiring talent then, just like today, except now she does it for our clients!

Sharad has a M.S. in Physics and MBA in Marketing.

Riff Shaheen, Information Technology


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Riff is an HR professional with recruiting and training experience in a variety of industries and as geographically diverse as Pakistan and Connecticut! She is passionate about working as a change agent for her clients and candidates to strengthen their businesses and boosting their success for long-term, sustainable growth.

Areas of Expertise:
Linux system engineer, Solutions Manager, Oracle Developer, Business Intelligence Developer, Java Architect, Java Developer, Java Engineer, C++ developer, C# Engineer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Help Desk Technician, IT Director, IT Manager, Network Engineer, Network Architect, Network Systems Engineer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Security Database Administrator, Network Architect, Network Engineer, Network System Administrator Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Support Specialist, System Analyst, System Architect, System Designer, Systems Software Engineer, Web Administrator, Web Developer, Software Quality Assurance Analyst, Technical Specialist, Telecommunications Specialist.